Was reading Stephenson’s Quicksilver but got bogged down about 25% in and switched over to Mieville’s The City & The City instead. Fantastic sci-fi detective story that I can’t really give any plot points about without spoiling something, so I’ll just leave it at that. I blew through it in two days — delightfully twisty plot, good (not great, but good) characterization, and enough sci-fi weirdness to keep it all very interesting. Highly recommended if you like sci-fi or detective stories. Doubly so if you enjoy both.
2 Responses to “Novel: The City & The City, by China Mieville”
Mike Shaver Says:
January 4th, 2010 at 11:14 am
Yes, on both counts: Quicksilver wasn’t rewarding me for my time spent, and once I started City&City I was kicking myself for not having done so earlier. The way Mieville reveals the worlds he creates really appeals to me, for reasons I can’t articulate very well.
January 4th, 2010 at 11:41 am
@shaver Agreed on the world-revealing — subtle enough to feel authentic but strong enough to keep the pages turning. So much remained unsaid at the end of this, and that’s *exactly right*. Loved it.